It is superstitious to put one's hopes in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them.
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French mathematician, physicist and philosopher.
Ceremony is the smoke of friendship.
Ceremony was but devised at first to set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes, recanting goodness, sorry ere 'Tis shown; but where there is true friendship, there needs none.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.